The main objective of the International Performers Database (IPD) is to identify individual performers in audio recordings and audio-visual works. The authority to identify each performer comes from the legal mandate the performer has assigned to their collective management organizations (CMOs). The end result is that each performer in IPD will have a unique International Performer Number (IPN). The IPN will be used in data exchanges between CMOs, simplifying and improving the matching algorithms and the proper identification of the rights holder, as well as in other databases and information systems linked to IPD. The IPD is available for CMOs administering performers' rights in the audio or audio-visual field.
IPD membership is based on criteria as outlined in the SCAPR Statutes.
SCAPR has among its strategic objectives the global development of reciprocity. SCAPR members collect royalties for the usage of sound recordings and audio-visual works in their respective territories. These royalties are distributed to Performers and Producers (for certain members) domestically by each member society, and internationally through reciprocal agreemtents with other members. The VRDB2 system will provide a centralized system to enable members to more efficiently and accurately indentify recordings and works and exchange the Performers' information necessary to properly run distributions locally and maximize the flow of royalties exchanged between the member societies of SCAPR. Some of the benefits to members using VRDB2 include:
- Reduce the workload by increasing automation
- Obtain and sharing information early
- Standardize processes
- Agree to a common format
- Increase transparency
- Increase participations
- Increase revenues
- Increase exchange of revenue cross border
- Reduce costs for rights holders
- Support the development of performance rights management
- A common means of clustering recordings or works together which appear to be duplicates of each other
- A central source of accessible repertoire data – global repertoire will be stored and maintained centrally in one place which allows data to be submitted, queried, processed, and extracted for the benefit of all members
- A single version of a recording or a work – a recording or a work will be de-duplicated across countries
- A scalable technical solution – the cross border payments solution is be built upon a scalable technology platform which supports future data volumes and processing requirements globally
- Commonality of matching algorithms and validation – ensuring all participants match usage information/play lists in a similar manner to create commonality of results
- A central repository for usage information/play lists
- Support standardised timing and synchronisation of processes
In 2012 the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) undertook to look at the possibilities of an International Music Registry (IMR) that could be instrumental in the development of a healthy and balanced digital market for creative content. The IMR would help right owners market their creations, and help users to rapidly locate and pay for the content they wish to use. This information tool would facilitate all types of business models as long as they are based on content that can be accurately identified and thus accessed and remunerated in a secure and fast way. Participation in the IMR would be voluntary, consistent with the Berne Convention’s rules against mandatory copyright formalities. A voluntary registry established in partnership with WIPO would be an example of how creators can organize themselves to serve their own economic interests. SCAPR is very supportive of this concept and is engaged in conversations as a stakeholder. The Chair of the Board and the Chair of the IT Council are involved in these discussions.
The International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI) is a standard that identifies public identities of parties. Essentially, this means the identities used publicly by individuals or organizations involved in creating, producing, managing and distributing content. The ISNI system uniquely and authoritatively identifies Public Identities across multiple fields of creative activity. ISNI provides a tool for disambiguating Public Identities that might otherwise be confused (such as Michele Smith the female singer, and Michele (Italian form of "Michael") Smith the male author).
The ISNI is not intended to provide direct access to comprehensive information about a Public Identity - instead, it's a tool that can provide links to other systems where such information is held. The Chair of the IT Council sits on the Board of ISNI. Since its inception SCAPR has been involved in the development of ISNI as a tool to further assist its members in their exchanges of remuneration.
WIPOCOS is a multi-purpose, multi-user client-server application developed by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for collective management organizations (CMOs) requiring a modern and reliable computerized system that will enable them to perform, with full accountability.
WIPOCOS is a demand-driven tool, a flexible instrument capable of adaptation to accommodate the constant changes in management principles and techniques that occur within a CMO. It operates on a modular, progressive and multidisciplinary platform designed to encompass the main music rights that can be managed collectively, and incorporates the latest innovations developed at international and national levels in the field of information exchange systems.
A key concern for a collective management organisation is the correct management of the vast amounts of data and information that it collects about its members, their works and other creative contributions and also the complex web of relations with users and creative enterprises involved in the exploitation of the works in their care. WIPOCOS helps administer that information easily, accurately and efficiently, and thereby enhances the operational efficiency of the organization.
SCAPR is supportive and remains involved with WIPO in the development of this valuable initiative that assists CMOs globally. The IT Council is overseeing this initiative on behalf of SCAPR.
The SCAPR standard data exchange guidelines (SDEG formats) are being amended continously. The Technical Working Group also collects ideas to develop a rough specification of a central repository solution ("SDED") that had been demanded for a better flow control and support of the societies’ exchange with SDEG files. SDED and SDEG are projects within SCAPR that currently lead to the following activities:
- Simplification and amendment of data exchange between societies
- Providing simple formats and understandable user documentation
- Designing an on- and offline variant of the SDED project
- Maintaining the technical SDEG documentation and specification
- Glossary and explanation of terms and codes
- Development of a common reference data model and code model
- Specification of a converter tool from CSV/XLS to SDEG